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Harry Browne Quote: “Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.”

Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.

— Harry Browne



Harry Browne Quote: “The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, “See if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk”.”

The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, “See if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk”.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “When paper money systems begin to crack at the seams, the run to gold could be explosive.”

When paper money systems begin to crack at the seams, the run to gold could be explosive.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “The Bill of Rights isn’t some legalistic fine print. It was written to make our lives freer, more prosperous, and happier. By forsaking it, America has become no better than any other country in the world.”

The Bill of Rights isn’t some legalistic fine print. It was written to make our lives freer, more prosperous, and happier. By forsaking it, America has become no better than any other country in the world.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “When you know that you’re capable of dealing with whatever comes, you have the only security the world has to offer.”

When you know that you’re capable of dealing with whatever comes, you have the only security the world has to offer.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “If you ask the government to impose morality, then moral questions will be decided by whoever has the most political power.”

If you ask the government to impose morality, then moral questions will be decided by whoever has the most political power.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Freedom and responsibility aren’t interconnected things. They are the same thing.”

Freedom and responsibility aren’t interconnected things. They are the same thing.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Not only can no one predict the future, we don’t understand the present – and there isn’t even any certainty about the past.”

Not only can no one predict the future, we don’t understand the present – and there isn’t even any certainty about the past.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day I realized that no one owes me anything.”

A great burden was lifted from my shoulders the day I realized that no one owes me anything.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution.”

I want a government small enough to fit inside the Constitution.

— Harry Browne



Harry Browne Quote: “No one ever died from smoking marijuana, but millions of people have died by believing politicians.”

No one ever died from smoking marijuana, but millions of people have died by believing politicians.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his acts are right, he’ll get good consequences; if they’re not, he’ll suffer for it.”

Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his acts are right, he’ll get good consequences; if they’re not, he’ll suffer for it.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “The marketplace is a wondrous institution. It harnesses the self-interest of each of us and puts it to work for the benefit of all. And it does so without intruding upon our desires, our privacy, or our freedom. It is regulation by reality, not by coercion.”

The marketplace is a wondrous institution. It harnesses the self-interest of each of us and puts it to work for the benefit of all. And it does so without intruding upon our desires, our privacy, or our freedom. It is regulation by reality, not by coercion.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “You don’t need an explanation for everything, Recognize that there are such things as miracles – events for which there are no ready explanations. Later knowledge may explain those events quite easily.”

You don’t need an explanation for everything, Recognize that there are such things as miracles – events for which there are no ready explanations. Later knowledge may explain those events quite easily.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “A fair trial is one in which the rules of evidence are honored, the accused has competent counsel, and the judge enforces the proper courtroom procedures – a trial in which every assumption can be challenged.”

A fair trial is one in which the rules of evidence are honored, the accused has competent counsel, and the judge enforces the proper courtroom procedures – a trial in which every assumption can be challenged.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “You have only one life, and no one else will live it for you. Shouldn’t you take the time right now to figure out what that life is all about?”

You have only one life, and no one else will live it for you. Shouldn’t you take the time right now to figure out what that life is all about?

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “The best kept secret in the investing world: Almost nothing turns out as expected.”

The best kept secret in the investing world: Almost nothing turns out as expected.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Most politicians believe in just one thing – winning elections. They’ll say anything to get in office and stay there.”

Most politicians believe in just one thing – winning elections. They’ll say anything to get in office and stay there.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “You don’t have to buy from anyone. You don’t have to work at any particular job. You don’t have to participate in any given relationship. You can choose.”

You don’t have to buy from anyone. You don’t have to work at any particular job. You don’t have to participate in any given relationship. You can choose.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “The coercive power of government is always a beacon to those who want to dominate others – summoning the worst dregs of society to Washington to use that power to impose their will upon others.”

The coercive power of government is always a beacon to those who want to dominate others – summoning the worst dregs of society to Washington to use that power to impose their will upon others.

— Harry Browne



Harry Browne Quote: “Immigrants used to come to America seeking freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from government. Now they come looking for free health care, free education, and a free lunch.”

Immigrants used to come to America seeking freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from government. Now they come looking for free health care, free education, and a free lunch.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Government is force, pure and simple. There’s no way to sugar-coat that. And because government is force, it will attract the worst elements of society – people who want to use government to avoid having to earn their living and to avoid having to persuade others to accept their ideas voluntarily.”

Government is force, pure and simple. There’s no way to sugar-coat that. And because government is force, it will attract the worst elements of society – people who want to use government to avoid having to earn their living and to avoid having to persuade others to accept their ideas voluntarily.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Disarmed citizens encourage crime and violence. Armed citizens encourage criminals to find a safer line of work.”

Disarmed citizens encourage crime and violence. Armed citizens encourage criminals to find a safer line of work.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Give government the weapons to fight your enemy and it will use them against you.”

Give government the weapons to fight your enemy and it will use them against you.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Once we realize that government doesn’t work, we will stop dreaming that this or that social problem can be solved by passing a law – or by creating a new government program – or by electing someone who will make Washington more efficient or cost-conscious.”

Once we realize that government doesn’t work, we will stop dreaming that this or that social problem can be solved by passing a law – or by creating a new government program – or by electing someone who will make Washington more efficient or cost-conscious.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Some people object to libertarian ideas because there are too many irresponsible people in the world – people who will cause trouble if the government doesn’t restrain them.”

Some people object to libertarian ideas because there are too many irresponsible people in the world – people who will cause trouble if the government doesn’t restrain them.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “In almost all matters, the real question should be: why are we letting government handle this?”

In almost all matters, the real question should be: why are we letting government handle this?

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “A welfare state is frightened of every poor person who tries to get in and every rich person who tries to get out.”

A welfare state is frightened of every poor person who tries to get in and every rich person who tries to get out.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “The government’s War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.”

The government’s War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Like many people, most Libertarians feel empathy and sympathy for less fortunate people. But they know you can’t have perfection in a world of limited resources.”

Like many people, most Libertarians feel empathy and sympathy for less fortunate people. But they know you can’t have perfection in a world of limited resources.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “For those looking for security, be forewarned that there’s nothing more insecure than a political promise.”

For those looking for security, be forewarned that there’s nothing more insecure than a political promise.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do – by yourself, upon your own initiative.”

The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do – by yourself, upon your own initiative.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “It’s important to realize that whenever you give power to politicians or bureaucrats, it will be used for what they want, not for what you want.”

It’s important to realize that whenever you give power to politicians or bureaucrats, it will be used for what they want, not for what you want.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Can you think of a single area of government in which George Bush hasn’t already made things worse than Bill Clinton did?”

Can you think of a single area of government in which George Bush hasn’t already made things worse than Bill Clinton did?

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “America rules the world – by force.”

America rules the world – by force.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Communities don’t think, don’t believe, don’t want, don’t have needs, don’t have interests and don’t make decisions. Only individuals have minds that generate desires and needs – and only individuals can make choices and decisions.”

Communities don’t think, don’t believe, don’t want, don’t have needs, don’t have interests and don’t make decisions. Only individuals have minds that generate desires and needs – and only individuals can make choices and decisions.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Everything we know about human nature and about government tells us that individuals using their own money will achieve far more good for themselves and far more for others than politicians spending money they didn’t have to work to earn.”

Everything we know about human nature and about government tells us that individuals using their own money will achieve far more good for themselves and far more for others than politicians spending money they didn’t have to work to earn.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “It has long been apparent that many people in the media don’t believe you’re competent to make your own decisions.”

It has long been apparent that many people in the media don’t believe you’re competent to make your own decisions.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Republicans campaign like Libertarians and govern like Democrats.”

Republicans campaign like Libertarians and govern like Democrats.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “It is well known that in war, the first casualty is truth – that during any war truth is forsaken for propaganda.”

It is well known that in war, the first casualty is truth – that during any war truth is forsaken for propaganda.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Government doesn’t work. That’s the first lesson we must learn if we want to improve society.”

Government doesn’t work. That’s the first lesson we must learn if we want to improve society.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Once upon a time, government budgets were balanced, our money was sound, the streets were safe, and taxes imposed by all levels of government took less than 10% of our income.”

Once upon a time, government budgets were balanced, our money was sound, the streets were safe, and taxes imposed by all levels of government took less than 10% of our income.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Our government, taxes, and ideas of freedom are already duplicates of the Old World. Our politicians determine how we should live our lives – and our individual liberties are sacrificed for the benefit of the Fatherland.”

Our government, taxes, and ideas of freedom are already duplicates of the Old World. Our politicians determine how we should live our lives – and our individual liberties are sacrificed for the benefit of the Fatherland.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “If younger people see older people who haven’t planned ahead and have to rely on charity, the young will be more likely to provide for the future. Today when someone plans poorly, the only consequence people see is a demand for more government.”

If younger people see older people who haven’t planned ahead and have to rely on charity, the young will be more likely to provide for the future. Today when someone plans poorly, the only consequence people see is a demand for more government.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “It’s wrong for someone to confiscate your money, give it to someone else, and call that “compassion.””

It’s wrong for someone to confiscate your money, give it to someone else, and call that “compassion.”

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “If a law could keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be virtually no gun crime at all.”

If a law could keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be virtually no gun crime at all.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Government doesn’t work. You work, I work, Federal Express works, Microsoft works, the Salvation Army works, Alcoholics Anonymous works, but government doesn’t.”

Government doesn’t work. You work, I work, Federal Express works, Microsoft works, the Salvation Army works, Alcoholics Anonymous works, but government doesn’t.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “The free market punishes irresponsibility. Government rewards it.”

The free market punishes irresponsibility. Government rewards it.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Whatever the issue, let freedom offer us a hundred choices, instead of having government force one answer on everyone.”

Whatever the issue, let freedom offer us a hundred choices, instead of having government force one answer on everyone.

— Harry Browne


Harry Browne Quote: “Social Security is a fraudulent scheme in which the government collect money from you for your retirement – and immediately spend the money on something else.”

Social Security is a fraudulent scheme in which the government collect money from you for your retirement – and immediately spend the money on something else.

— Harry Browne

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